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Gazetted in 1974 as a wildlife sanctuary, Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) is one of the oldest protected areas in Bhutan. Following the revision of protected areas nationwide, the park was officially upgraded to a national park in 1993 following which staffs were deputed to functionally operate it in 1995. Until the establishment of Wangchuck Centennial Park, JDNP used to be the largest national park with a revised area of 4,319 km2.

Endowed with high number of endangered plants and animals supported by huge range of vegetation types and climatic regimes, JDNP is undoubtedly the conservation jewel in the Eastern Himalayas. It is also the treasure trove of medicinal plants, natural hot springs, medicinal waters, and jaw-dropping sceneries, highly unparalleled in the country. JDNP is the only park in the country that has all the four national symbols: blue poppy, takin, raven, and cypress. It is also the only park where the Royal Bengal Tiger meets the Snow Leopard.

Every year, majority of the international tourists visit the park to relish its wealth of astounding biodiversity and scenic beauties. Major trekking routes and majestic mountain peaks, such as Jhomolhari, Masangang, Jichudrakey, Tsherimgang, and Gangarpuentsum, Ganchentag, Ganglakarchung, are found in the park.

The park is very significant from the strongpoint of national economy, because four major rivers, namely, Pachhu, Wangchhu, Pochhu, and Mochhu, originate from the park, and major hydropower dams are built on these rivers.

Administratively, the park covers five Dzongkhags, viz., Gasa (entirely), Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, and Wangduephodrang, and 15 geogs. Currently, the park is being administered by five park range offices, and one sub-park range office.

COntact Info:

  • Lhendup Tharchen
  • Chief Forestry Officer
  • JDNP
  • Damji, Gasa
  • Email: lhenduptharchen@moaf.gov.bt / lhenduptharchen@gmail.com
  • Office: +975-02-688314
  • Mobile: +975-02-16288304

Maintain the major ecosystems, protect rare, endangered, and endemic species, and preserve the harmonious co-existence between nature and culture in the park in order to generate maximum ecosystem services for the sustainable livelihood of the park residents and economic viability of the country

Mission statement:

Ensure the long-term survival of rare, endemic, endangered, and keystone species through delineation of functional management zones, maximum community participation on sustainable use and protection of natural resources, active applied research on the impending threats of climate change, science-based mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts, and highly vigilant and persistent anti-poaching programs.

Conservation Objectives:

  • Partition the park into three functional management zones, namely, Core, Multiple use, and Buffer zones, to ensure the long-term viability of rare, endangered, and endemic species of flora and fauna
  • Encourage maximum community participations in the sustainable use of resources in the multiple resource use zones
  • Enhance strict vigilance and monitoring in the core zones of the park
  • Increase research activities to adapt to the impending threats of climate change
  • Increase field research activities and programs to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts in the park
  • Promote community-based nature tourism in the park to foster and enhance community participation and ownership in the management of the park
  • Carefully mitigate the impacts of development activities in the park
  • Implement integrated conservation development programs to address specific conservation issues and threat posed by certain development needs of the local people

Conservation issues and challenges:

  • Most difficult working conditions due to rugged terrain and harsh climatic conditions
  • Acute shortage of manpower despite the sheer enormity of size
  • Lack of adequately trained manpower
  • Lack of adequate infrastructure and communication facilities
  • Persistent intrusion across the international border
  • Heavy dependence on natural resources by the park residents
  • Very poor database
  • Absence of proper management zones
  • Increasing development activities
  • Lack of adequate field equipments and reference books
  • Lack of arms and ammunitions
  • Unclear boundary between Territorial Divisions and the park
  • Lack of external funds and projects

TOR ON THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SECTION

Roles:

  • The focal section of the park management to deal with any issues and matters pertaining to park’s resource use, allocation, and control
  • The focal section of the park management to deal with any issues and matters pertaining to community forestry, private forestry, NTFP collection, and land lease in the park
  • The focal section of the park management for silviculture techniques, resource inventory, forestry offences related to non-wild animal resources, and Forestry Act and Rules revision

Responsibilities:

  • Allocate park resources and issues forestry clearance to applicants inside those park ranges that are not delegated the power of Chief Forest Officer (CFO) by the Department as per Forests & Nature Conservation Act, latest rules, circulars, and notifications
  • Process issuance of forestry clearance for those activities that are specifically empowered to CFO
  • Forward to the Department those applications for forestry clearance and timber sanctions that are beyond the power delegated to CFO
  • Coordinate and process all land lease issues and applications, and effect fees as per rules and schedule of rates
  • Review all applications for community forestry (CF), private forestry (PF), and NTFP collections and submit recommendations to CFO
  • Develop database of all CFs, PFs, and NTFP enterprises in the park in close collaboration with Dzongkhag Forest Officers, Geog Forestry Extension Officers, and PROs
  • Develop database of all clearances issued, timber and non-timber forest products issued, and forestry offence cases related to non-wild animal resources in the park
  • Compile all issues and ambiguities related to Forest and Nature Conservation Act, Rules, Circulars, and Notifications and submit to CFO on half yearly basis
  • Organize regular monitoring and inspection of CFs, PFs, timber marking, NTFP collections, land encroachment, and infrastructure developments in the park
  • Conduct inventory of park’s timber and non-timber resources as and when deemed necessary
  • Distribute to Park Range and Sub-Park Range Offices all circulars, amendments, notifications, and schedules related to forestry rules and act and non-wildlife matters and issues
  • Officiate CFO as and when deemed necessary

Requirements:

  • The Section Office should be well equipped with computers, printers, survey equipments, field reference books, management plans, operational plans, and project documents
  • The Section Head should hold at least a Sr. Forest Ranger position with working experiences as the Park Range Officer or Territorial Forest Ranger for minimum of 2 years
  • The Section Head should be well versed with Forest & Nature Conservation Act, latest Rules, circulars, and notifications from the Department and Government

Working Arrangements:

  • The Section Head is directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Manager/CFO unless stated otherwise

TOR ON THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF INTEGRATED CONSERVATION DEVELOPMENT SECTION

Roles:

  • The focal section of the park management to deal with all issues related to integrating conservation and development activities in the park
  • The focal section to deal with any issues and matters pertaining to community-based enterprise developments and ecotourism activities in the park
  • The focal section for any conservation education and awareness programs in the park
  • The focal section to deal with socio-economic surveys, inventory of socio-cultural and religious sites, and documentation of unique culture, events, and festivals in the park

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, implement, and monitor all Integrated Conservation and Development Programs in park geared towards solving specific conservation issues faced by the park management due to increasing development activities
  • Coordinate and monitor all activities related to community-based enterprise development and ecotourism activities in the park in close collaboration with Ecotourism Program Coordinator from NCD, and focal persons from the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators, and Guides Association of Bhutan
  • Oversee the management of all ecotourism campsites, trails, and eco-lodges inside the park
  • Develop brochures and information pamphlets useful for tourists visiting the park
  • Issue park entry permits for tourists who visit the park head office without informing the park range officers or designated staffs at the entry points
  • Conduct environmental education and conservation awareness programs, including awareness on Forestry Act and Rules, targeted towards villagers, school children, policy makers, monk bodies, pilgrims, and tourists
  • Organize clean up campaigns and special events and festivals with communities and schools during important international and national days related to biodiversity conservation and environmental protection in close collaboration with school nature clubs and women’s associations
  • Coordinate and organize periodic meetings with important stakeholders in the park
  • Coordinate and conduct all socio-economic surveys, studies, research, filming, training, workshops, and publications in the park in close collaboration with park range officers, ICDP Section head of NCD, Dzongkhag Planning Officers, and geog administrators
  • Initiate and coordinate documentation and inventory of unique socio-cultural and religious sites, including hot springs, festivals, and events in the parks
  • Initiate office compound development and beautification of park head office and park range offices, and development and care of information centers and signboards, and botanical gardens in the park
  • Regularly attend the Dzonkhag Tshogdues together with the concerned park range officers

Requirements:

  • The Section Office should be well equipped with computers, printers, management plans, operational plans, and project documents
  • The Section Head should hold minimum position of a Sr. Ranger with good communication skills and experiences in dealing with various stakeholders and with training backgrounds in PRAs and RRAs

Working Arrangements:

  • The Section Head is directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Manager/CFO unless stated otherwise

TOR ON THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARK INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SECTION

Roles:

  • The focal section of the park management to deal with any issues and matters pertaining to share, use, and storage of all information related to the park, including staffs, biodiversity, resource use, research reports, field reports, progress reports, and project reports and documents
  • The focal section for use and share of satellite imageries, aerial photographs, maps, and GIS information of the park
  • The focal section to deal with proper care, maintenance, and labeling of park’s infrastructure, equipments, furniture, and books
  • The focal section to organize meetings, surveys, visits, and trainings in the park
  • The focal section to prepare annual budget, management plan, and operational plans in the park
  • Focal section to deal with human resource management of the park

Responsibilities:

  • Develop in close collaboration with and support from Forestry Information Management Section (FIMS) a park’s information system that will cater all information about the park
  • Collect and compile photographs, databases, and reports from section heads and PROs
  • Collect and properly store all satellite imageries, aerial photographs, and maps of the park, both in soft and hard copies.
  • Properly store and maintain all important official documents both in soft and hard copies.
  • Compile quarterly progress reports from all PROs and submit to FIMS on time as per FID system
  • Develop maps for the park as and when required either through the park’s GIS cell or seeking help from Forest Resource Development Division of the Department
  • Develop an inventory of all office equipments, infrastructure, vehicles, and furniture in the park and maintain proper stock registers for consumable and non-consumable items, including fixed assets register as per the property management manual
  • Properly label and maintain all office structure, compound fences, water tanks, electrical items, park vehicles, furniture, and equipments, and surrender unserviceable items to the Department of National Properties as per the property management manual
  • Develop tender documents, conduct tender calls, and issue supply orders and work orders as per the procurement manual, and maintain goods issue and receipt notes
  • Oversee construction and maintenance of the park’s major infrastructure and facilities
  • Organize major surveys, meetings, including Internal Coordination Meetings, workshops, and VVIP visits in the park, and maintain and circulate minutes for any meetings in the park
  • Initiate and facilitate the preparation of annual budget, monthly work plans, management plan, and operational plans of the park
  • Manage the park’s human resource, such as service book update, processing increments, LTC, leave encashment, promotions, disciplinary actions, transfers, leaves, trainings, and performance evaluations
  • Develop and delegate work responsibilities to all administrative support staffs and evaluate their performance
  • Develop and maintain database for all kinds of leave availed and all office items borrowed by staffs
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the park head office, including toilets, windows, drains, information center, approach road, office compound, and flower gardens
  • Organize and initiate web conferences and e-forums for park staffs to discuss important and urgent issues faced by park staffs and the management
  • Issue forestry uniform and extension kits to park staffs as and when supplied, and requisition and issue marking hammers and GPT books to PROs whenever required
  • Officiate CFO as and when deemed necessary

Requirements:

  • The Section Office should be well equipped with a high capacity computer, color printer, statistical software programs, GIS software programs, project documents, procurement manual, property management manual, HRD manual, Civil Service Rules, and Financial Management Manual
  • The Section Head should hold minimum position of a Sr. Ranger with good skills in computer usage and experiences in human resource management, financial management, and property management, and database management

Working Arragements:

  • The Section Head is directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Manager/CFO unless stated otherwise
  • All administrative support staffs such as Adm. assistant, office messenger, driver, and caretakers will work under direction supervision of the Section Head
  • Sharing of any information about the park to any outsiders should be first approved by the CFO
  • Prior consent of the CFO should be sought for lending of any office equipments, items, and software programs to any outsiders

TOR ON THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SPECIES CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT SECTION

Roles:

  • The focal section of the park management to deal with park’s biodiversity research, studies, training, filming, workshops, survey, monitoring, conservation, and publications in the park
  • The focal section of the park management to deal with any issues and matters pertaining to human-wildlife conflicts management, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation
  • The focal section of the park management for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), management zoning, climate change studies, and management of core zones in the park

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and conduct all biodiversity surveys, studies, research, filming, training, workshops, monitoring, conservation, and publications in the park in close collaboration with other section heads and park range officers
  • Develop survey methodologies, guidelines, formats, and field manuals and guides for park staffs
  • Regularly monitor the population, status, and habitat conditions of rare, endemic, and endangered floral and faunal species in the park
  • Update species listing of plants and animals inside the park based on field reports and observations
  • Review all proposals and projects related to biodiversity research, survey, study, and filming, and bio-prospecting in the park
  • Develop database of all forestry offences related to wild animals, including illegal fishing
  • Coordinate all wildlife anti-poaching activities inside the park in close collaboration with PROs
  • Coordinate and organize studies, research, and activities geared towards mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and rehabilitation and rescue of injured wild animals in the park
  • Review all development projects inside the park with special reference to mitigation of impacts on environment and wild animals in the park
  • Monitor the compliances and impacts of development projects inside the park through regular field inspections in close coordination with park range staffs and Dzongkhag Environment Officers
  • Coordinate management zoning activities and climate change studies in the park
  • Initiate and lead all activities related to management of core zones inside the park
  • Distribute to Park Range and Sub-Park Range Offices all publications and information related to wild animals
  • Develop herbarium collection of important plant species and taxidermy of important wild animals that are accidentally killed by villagers and seized from poachers
  • Officiate CFO as and when deemed necessary

Requirements:

  • The Section Office should be well equipped with computers, printers, survey equipments, field reference books, management plans, operational plans, and project documents
  • The Section Head should hold minimum position of a Sr. Ranger with certificate courses in wildlife management and experiences in biodiversity surveys and monitoring
  • The Section Head should know how to write and review research proposals, technical reports, and should know how to use some of the software programs related to wildlife population studies

Working Arrangements:

  • The Section Head is directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Manager/CFO unless stated otherwise

TOR ON THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARK RANGES

Roles:

  • The main custodian and guardian of resources inside the park
  • A principal bridge between the park residents, regional and local government sectors, private sectors, and the park management
  • Chief implementer of park activities in the field

Responsibilities:

  • Allocate park resources to communities, and government, private, and religious bodies inside the park as per the latest Forests & Nature Conservation Act, Rules, circulars, and notifications
  • Protect rare and endangered flora and fauna from poachers and apprehend poachers hailing from within and outside the country
  • Report the park management about any forest fire, pest, diseases, and other natural calamities observed in their respective jurisdiction
  • Conduct regular patrolling and monitoring of all activities within their respective jurisdiction
  • Intimate the park management about issues related to conservation faced and created by the communities, and government, private, and religious institutions, in their respective jurisdiction
  • Inform the park management about any suspicious and uninformed activities carried out by government and private institutions, tourists, and intruders from outside the country
  • Coordinate activities, collaborate, and develop cordial relationships with the community leaders, local government authorities, schools, armed forces, regional government offices, and RNR extension agents
  • Regularly attend Geog Tshogdue, clarify issues, and involve in geog planning to solve conservation related issues
  • Implement and assist Section Heads in implementing park activities as per the park’s management plan, operational plan, ad-hoc plans, minutes of meetings, and central programs from the Department
  • Organize park’s internal coordination meetings

Requirements:

  • All Park Range Offices should be well equipped with computers, printers, photocopy machines, fax, telephone, handsets, survey equipments, complete set of marking hammers, field reference books, management plans, operational plans, and arms and ammunitions
  • All Park Range should be adequately staffed to carry out effective patrolling and to effectively implement park activities and deliver services to all stakeholders inside the park
  • All Park Range staffs should be well versed with Forest & Nature Conservation Act, latest Rules, circulars, and notifications from the Department and Government
  • All Park Range staffs should know how to identify various flora and fauna, conduct rapid biodiversity survey, operate computers, handle GPS, fight forest fire, and submit field reports
  • All RPO staffs should be well dressed in forestry uniform during all park related activities
  • All PRO staff should display cordial behavior and ethics to all stakeholders

Working Arrangements:

  • All Park Range Officers are directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Manager/CFO unless stated otherwise
  • All Park Range staffs are directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Range Officers unless stated otherwise

TOR ON THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ACCOUNTS SECTION

Roles:

  • The focal section of the park management to deal with any financial issues and matters of the park
  • Treasurer of the Staff Welfare Fund

Responsibilities:

  • Properly maintain all financial transactions of the park management with all necessary supporting documents as per the Financial Management Manual developed by the Ministry of Finance
  • Transparently disburse salary, allowances, advances and remittances of the park staffs
  • Timely seek fund releases from the Department of Public Accounts (DPA)
  • Timely submit financial progress report of the park to DPA and donors as per the project documents
  • Regularly update the CFO about financial progress and fund balance under different activity and object codes for both LC and PLC accounts
  • Seek necessary supporting documents from the suppliers, contractors, and implementing agencies before disbursing cash
  • Initiate and process for re-appropriations and supplementary as and when necessary
  • Transparently maintain all accounts related to Staff Welfare Fund
  • Respond to and take actions for all audit queries pertaining to financial lapses, overpayments, and outstanding balances
  • Initiate preparation of annual budget for RGoB funding and fund incorporation for project funding

Requirements:

  • The Section Office should be well equipped with a high capacity computer, printer, internet connection, project documents, procurement manual, property management manual, HRD manual, Civil Service Rules, and Financial Management Manual
  • The Section Head should hold minimum position of a Deputy Chief Accountant with experiences in both project and RGoB fund management

Working Arrangements:

  • The Section Head is directly answerable to and will work under direct supervision of the Park Manager/CFO unless stated otherwise
  • All financial transactions should be first endorsed by the CFO